Sign up for the Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge today!

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Companies, clubs and organisations from across the region are getting their teams together and signing up to take part in this year’s eagerly anticipated Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge.

Now in its ninth year, the Dragon Boat Challenge takes place on the River Trent at the Victoria Embankment on Sunday 6th August in aid of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People and is one of the key attractions of the Riverside Festival.

One of the early entrants this year and returning to the event after making their debut in 2014 are Next Finance from Enderby in Leicestershire, who have entered two crews. The company is a blue-chip multimillion pound retail organisation with stores all around the country.

Its finance secretary Suzanne Baker is keen to take part in the challenge again after the staff members who entered a few years ago, hyped it up in the office! She highlights the great opportunity for team building, meeting each other’s families and fundraising for Rainbows Hospice. She said: “We have organised cake sales/tombolas/samosa sales (very profitable!), skittles nights and getting management to dress up on casual Friday in fancy dress. We’re all super excited about the fundraising and the fun day out and can’t wait to see our directory team face off against the fraud team!”

With teams coming from all over the Midlands and representing so many different industries, the inter-company rivalry is building. Other early entrants include first timers Greyfriars Club, two teams from NMC Nomenca and one from NM Building, John A Stephens, Stannah Lifts, MHR and Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. NMC Nomenca have chosen to take out a Gold entry with NM Building, MHR and John A Stephens all taking Silver entries, which include the profile and fundraising benefits of their company logo on each side of a dragon boat as well as a significant donation to Rainbows.

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young people provides vital help, care and support for children across the East Midlands with terminal and life-limiting conditions. By taking part in the Dragon Boat Challenge to raise money for Rainbows, the teams will be helping over 380 children and their families to make the most of the time they have left together and create memories they can treasure forever.

Tom Stanyard, corporate partnership fundraiser at Rainbows, said: “The Dragon Boat Challenge is an amazing event. With up to 50 companies competing for a number of prizes the day has a great atmosphere. More amazing than the event however is what Rainbows is able to do with the fundraising support we receive from the crews taking part. With only a small amount of guaranteed funding, your support at events like this make it possible for us to help and care for those families who need it the most”.

The top fundraisers for Rainbows will win the Charity trophy plus a special prize meal kindly donated by Pan-Asian tapas restaurant and lounge bar Chin Chin in West Bridgford.

To take part in the dragon boat racing and help raise money for Rainbows, no previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm! The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races. Teams and spectators also benefit from being part of one of the region’s largest family festivals with a bustling fair and vibrant mix of music, dance, crafts and food from around the world, staged by Nottingham City Council. Media partners to the Dragon Boat Challenge are East Midlands Business Link and Notts TV.

For further information and an entry form please visit or call Gable Events on 01780 470718. For information about the services of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People call Tom Stanyard on 01509 283919 or visit